Do you love gaming like we do? If so, you might be interested in how modern gaming culture came to be, and how we think about the visuals associated with our favorite games, especially a “blast from the past.”
Why did they use cherries and other fruit for slot machines, Pac-Man, and other kinds of classic gaming reward structures?
Actually, the reason that cherries and apples and other fruit emerged as gaming icons is that old laws limited players’ ability to gamble for money. Some merchants and gaming operators made an end-run around this process by offering fruit as the “fruits of your labor” when you won – no pun intended!
Fast forward to today, and you still have some limiting state laws about gambling, but we have a much more lenient attitude on different types of small games.
Regardless of why cherries came to be the go-to for one-armed bandits and other gaming centers, we now immediately recognize them as attached to gaming values.
When we see those gleaming red cherries, we think about classic gaming and what it represents to us. You have to ask yourself why people are willing to pay hundreds of dollars for an old pinball machine display panel or slot machine toy, or some other aspect of classic gaming memorabilia with cherries on them. Another gaming iconography has to do with the ancient Tarot card deck abstracted into today’s 52-card deck, and we pay good money for that kind of memorabilia, too.
It’s because gaming captivates our hearts and minds and gives us a much needed outlet to engage in imaginative exploration. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, but our culture today kind of pushes this very true reality under the rug. You don’t hear too much about gaming in the average work-life balance handbook, but it’s important. We want to be able to unwind sometimes. And sometimes, that means taking a trip down memory lane or participating in the thrill of the competition.
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